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Then there was the 2005 incident, in which, according to court documents, Microsoft’s boisterous CEO, Steve Ballmer, threw a chair and vowed to “kill” Google in an obscenity-laced tirade over the online search leader’s hiring of Kai-Fu Lee. Lee helped develop Microsoft’s MSN Internet search technology, including desktop search software rivaling Google‘s. He left the company that July after Google offered him a $10 million compensation package. He has since left Google, too.
So far, the patent feud has lacked obscenities, at least in public.
“Microsoft’s objective has been to keep from Google and Android device-makers any patents that might be used to defend against their attacks. A joint acquisition of the Novell patents that gave all parties a license would have eliminated any protection these patents could offer to Android against attacks from Microsoft and its bidding partners,” he wrote.
Google had the chance and refused to participate. Now, it is calling the process unfair, Enderle said, “which is something you can do as a little company but probably not when you yourself are a multinational.”
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